Op-ed suggests a streamlining of peer-review process

August 12, 2013

University of Ottawa graduate student and columnist Jackson Doughart suggests streamlining the peer-review process in academia to remove several problems that he sees with it, in a recent op-ed. Doughart explains that the current process encourages “young scholars to tailor their own work to the prevailing attitudes and paradigms of the day, and discourages them from actually challenging much within their discipline,” because many peer reviewers let their own interests and agendas get in the way of impartial review. Doughart proposes streamlining the process, limiting it to “the fact-checking duties that fall under the editor’s role in any medium,” so that the main purpose of peer-review is simply to “ensure that the author has not fabricated evidence or failed to observe the standards of scholarship.” Ottawa Citizen